RATINGS: 1791   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp (#19) brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put- Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped and torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.

Hops, hops and more hops are the stars of this big, whole-cone Imperial IPA. Resinous ‘new-school’ and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar and tropical fruit – all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.

Beer specs:
ABV: 10.4%
Original Gravity: 22.8 Plato
Final Gravity: 4.5 Plato
Bitterness Units: 100 IBU
Color: Orange Amber
Bittering Hops: German Magnum
Aroma Hops: Simcoe & New Proprietary Variety
Dry Hops: Simcoe & New Proprietary Variety
Torpedo Hops: Citra & Chinook
Malts: Two-row Pale, Golden Promise, Munich & Wheat
Yeast: Ale

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stout_skier (3) - - MAR 20, 2012 does not count
Pours a light amber with two finger woods of creamy off-white head, loss of sticky lace lefty behind. Citrus, point and floral hops on the nose, faint at first but grows as it warms. The taste is darn near perfect, lots of hoppy bitterness up front with a caramel,malty sweetness following. Alcohol is present but not overpowering. Dry and bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel is very pleasant, medium-high for the style but befitting of such intense flavor, entirely drinkable. This is an awesome DIPA, and one I’ll definitely be buying as much I can of it.

blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 19, 2012
2012 bottle poured a dark golden orange color with a covering of white head. Aroma has citrus, resins, mild tropics, grapefruit, and some bitterness. Aggressive use of the whole cones for sure. Mouth feel is medium coating with average carbonation. Flavor has a bit more from the bitter side, hefty malted base, and some sweetness. The hops seem to have more of the citrus and grapefruit on the nose although they do carry into the flavor joined with the resins, bitterness, and pines. This is a big beer and the alcohol hardly shows but the bitter side just hangs too much for it to be easy to drink.

jsmerig (1590) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Pours a golden orange. Aroma of floral hops comes through strong. Taste is citrusy sweet up front with a seriously bitter finish. Decent offering from Sierra Nevada

temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Draft @ The Dash-In. This, is an amazing beer. Great color. Aroma is incredible hops, just huge. I get a lot of grapefruit in the flavor. The finish is quite bitter and seems dry, despite it’s final gravity. Excellent in every way. The best thing to come out of Sierra Nevada, no doubt about it.

RIXBREW (11) - USA - MAR 18, 2012
Cannot compare to Pliny the elder as I have not had it yet but this is the ultimate imperial ipa with hopslam and breckenridge 471. Purchased in bottles this year had on tap last year at sugar maple in Milwaukee. A delicious explosion of well balanced hop bitterness and classic piney grapefruit flavors. I'd be curious to know what the proprietary hop blend is but I'm definitely tasting a citra hop influence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

bconch (422) - - MAR 17, 2012
Orange pour with a disappearing head. Smell is fresh grapefruit and tropical fruits. A very bitter taste greets you up front but there is a well balanced taste underneath all the hops. Finish is quick but leaves a bitter residue. Nice dipa.

bookman10 (1121) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Pours an orange that’s almost the color of burnished copper. Smallish head. Massive floral/hop aroma. Flavor is full of citrus with pine-hop bitterness and a certain amount of underlying sweetness that makes the finish quite smooth. Definitely worth checking out.

jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Tap at the Mason. Pours mostly clear light orange, about a one-finger white head. Cobweb lacing. Huge citrus and resinous hops on the nose, even more on the tongue: bracing bitterness, big clementine and peach, bits of pine and sugared grapefruit. Sticky, prickly mouthfeel. Fantastic.

anderson01 (356) - Spirit Lake, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Amber in color. Thick, creamy head. Above average lacing. Resin in the aroma. Has an earthy aroma also. It smells like weed. It has a very powerful hoppy flavor but a creamy texture. Great combination. This is a hop lovers beer. Awesome.

Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
I’ve somewhat soured from sierra nevada lately. Torpedo seems like a grassier, earthier version of the pale ale, and celebration ale has lost it’s magic. I even hesitated when i saw this years Bigfoot. But I’ve always kept the faith and pursued Hoptimum and today I finally bed her. Aroma is super resiny, almost B.O. wet hop aroma. I was worried this would be a boozy mess when I verified the 10.4% abc. However, the flavor doesn’t disappoint. Juicy hop goodness, almost syrupy. Pine, resin, grass, and a little citrus. Hides the alcohol pretty well.

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